Provisioning for Craft Friday

Nov 24

On Friday I posted a few of my favorite supply sources. Today I want to talk about another way to get ready for Craft Friday. My plan for the day looks like this:

  • Get up.
  • Stitch for a while.
  • Eat breakfast.
  • Hike with the mutts so they will snooze away the rest of the day.
  • Eat lunch.
  • Craft. Craft. Craft.
  • Eat dinner.
  • Craft a while longer.

Notice a pattern? As much eating as crafting? The crafting must be fueled, right? To facilitate the fueling without impeding on crafting time, I’ll make food ahead of time. I’m not cooking for Thanksgiving, but I’ll be cooking for Craft Friday–making cranberry sauce to put on grilled cheese (Try this. Seriously.) and simmering up a pot of tomato soup. I’ve got a jar of salsa my brother’s girlfriend gave me that will add a taste of summer to lunchtime nachos. And if I’m lucky, my hosts for Thanksgiving might send me home with a few leftovers to enjoy the next day.

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Craft Friday: Gather Supplies

Nov 21

A favorite aspect of crafting gifts is gathering supplies. Once I have my ideas list together, I read patterns and tutorials and rummage through my stash. Once I determine what I still need, I turn to a few of my favorite shops:

Art supplies–Jerry’s Artarama. Last Friday Sara and I enjoyed testing out pens and examining papers, and I’m all set to make many of my gifts.

Fabrics, felts, and notion–Clementine. If you’re in Maine, this darling shop is worth a visit. Otherwise, well, you can get helpful and friendly service by phone.

Yarn–honestly, don’t you have a local yarn store? If you want truly special yarn, take a gander at Starcroft’s offerings.

Where else do you suggest for supply gathering? Do you have your supplies ready for Craft Friday?

Next week I’ll post a link party with your declarations about your own how/why you’re participating in the rebellion. Be sure to join in the fun here, too:

Pinterest Craft Friday Board  (feel free to follow it, or follow me and ask to join the board if you want to pin on it). Tag your pins #CraftFriday

Twitter (again, tag related tweets with #CraftFriday).

Join the Flickr Group.

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Craft Friday: Project Ideas

Nov 14

IMG_5115I figure there are two approaches when crafting holiday gifts:

1. Consider each recipient with care, study shelves of books, search Ravelry, linger around Pinterest, and make a list of dozens of possibilities for each person.

2. Decide what you want to make and make a version for each recipient. Hats are good for that. Mittens. Socks. Scarves. Good, pragmatic gifts that everyone can use.

I won’t judge your method. I will try to appeal to both approaches in this project idea link list:

1. Fringe Association’s Mitt List and Cowl List

2. Accessories board put together by Clementine (world’s loveliest fabric shop & haberdashery–they ship! Just give those sweet ladies a call!)

3. Sew Mama Sew’s Handmade Holidays posts

4. Ravelry’s Indie Design Gift-a-long gets you 25% off loads of patterns

5. Romi’s Great Oddment Knitdown

6. Ysolda’s Knitworthy

7. Creativebug brims with projects and excellent instructions.

8. Through the Loops hats (or anything Kirsten designs!)

9. HodgePodge Farms’s Wingfeathers crochet shawl.

10. The Craft Friday Pinterest board (ask to join it and pin along with me!)

Get ready for Craft Friday and share your favorite places for inspiration.

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Quit Yer Griping!

Nov 10

Neal came home from work on Friday to me, blue with professional envy, and his joy at having a few days off deflated. I could see it in his posture, in his face. And I felt like a jerk. Who wants to come home to glum Beverly? Sure, part of a relationship is being able to air out the prickly stuff, but sometimes, despite knowing how fortunate I am and feeling grateful for all that is good in my life, I give in to the easy thing: complaining.

After about an hour of conversation, we decided to institute Friday Night Complaints. We’ll try to refrain from petty complaints during the week (there’s a difference between the petty complaints and real issues that warrant discussion) and save them up for Friday night, when we’ll get ‘em out all at once. The benefit we expect: most complaints will be forgotten (petty, natch), and we can clear the air and our minds and turn our attention to enjoying each other and our lives.

In that weird way the Internet has, as soon as an idea blooms, I see related information everywhere. Rachael posted a link to this Joshua Becker post. Reading it, I felt invigorated to quit my griping and strive for gratitude, the far more becoming mindset, as my default attitude. What better time than November to focus on this shift?

Here are a few things, in addition to Friday Night Complaints, that I’m trying:

  • Add Complaint and Gratitude pages in my bullet journal. I feel so silly writing down the complaints and rewarded by the gratitude list.
  • Examine complaints to see what I can change. If it’s in my power to change a situation, I’ll aim for change. If not, no point griping about it!
  • Take it one day at a time. Becker reminds us how hard it is to say “I’ll never do this again”. Instead, I’ll wake up each morning and tell myself I’m going to resist complaining just for that day. I can do almost anything for one day, right?
  • Celebrate all I’m grateful for. My #DigiWriMo project this month is an Instagram collection under #30daysofgratitude.

One thing about which I’m grateful: the tremendous response to Craft Friday. Viva the rebellion!

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Let the Rebellion Begin: Craft Friday

Nov 07

IMG_5104Last year, bombarded by ads for big box stores bragging about being open on Thanksgiving, I gathered the ranks to disrupt cultural expectations that US citizens will replace what should be festive family time with crass consumerism. I’m still angry about Black Friday, and once again, I’m gathering supplies, and I’m channeling that anger into a CraftActivism style rebellion:

Craft Friday.

Want to join? Here are some ways:

Pinterest Craft Friday Board  (feel free to follow it, or follow me and ask to join the board if you want to pin on it). Tag your pins #CraftFriday

Twitter (again, tag related tweets with #CraftFriday).

Join the Flickr Group.

This weekend, I’m making two lists: folks to whom I want to give a gift, and hand made gift ideas. I’ll stash dive and then make a supply list and start shopping at non-big-box stores to gather all the goods I need for Craft Friday.

Let me know if you’re in by leaving a comment. And if you have a blog, write a declaration–you don’t have to spill the beans about what you’re going to make if your recipients read the blog, but how about you share WHY you’re inspired to make instead of shop? We’ll have a Craft Friday Declaration Post Party this Friday, November 28, and I’ll add a link round up here so you can feel the support and love of our community.

You in? Yeah, I figured you would be.

 

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A Journal and Ink

Nov 03

journalRarely do I regret a purchase I don’t make, but after visiting the Long Ridge Farm booth at Rhinebeck, I was sorry I didn’t pick up one of Nancy’s hand made journals. I remedied that, adding a jar of her black walnut ink to the mix today when Sara and I visited The Fiber Festival of New England. Nancy creates beautiful yarns and fabrics, and she also carries elegant wrap bracelets made in Kenya and gorgeous leather bags. From the first time I met Nancy, I was smitten by her lovely smile, curious nature, and deep, kind soul.

I have loved the missives that she sends back while she travels in Rwanda where she works with local women to teach them natural dyeing. In 2015, she’ll return to Rwanda for a dye plant residency at INES. Her compassion and genuine desire to make change in ways she is able inspire me. If you’re on FaceBook, you can ‘like’ her page to learn more about her work…and maybe you’ll be inspired to purchase something from her to help her continue that work.

As for my precious ink and journal, I plan to use them as a repository for my 2015 intentions and dreams. Can you believe it’s only a matter of weeks before that particular fresh start is here?

You still have time to leave a comment for a chance at winning more inspiration!

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Book Review and Give Away

Oct 31

One of my favorite spaces online is Crystal Moody’s Year of Creative Habits. Crystal’s posts are thoughtful, educational, inspiring. Her FaceBook group is one of only a few in which I find myself actively participating–she’s created an encouraging space for fellow creative folks.

A few months back, Crystal sent me an extra copy of Chris Guillebeau’s The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest that will Bring Purpose to Your Life. I read it as I ate breakfast each morning–it’s easy enough to pick up and put down when you want something to read for a short while. I found myself inspired by the variety of quests he shares, his own included. The book is less of a blueprint (because your quest won’t be the same as the quests in the book), and more of an encouragement to live the damn life you crave, even if that means doing something a bit off the map.

I’m a woman who loves a project. I enjoy testing my ability to do something for a sustained period, to challenge what I think I can do and push through to what I can actually do. Guillebeau’s book reminded me: do that more.

To build on the creative spirit and generosity that prompted Crystal to send me the book, I’d like to pass it along to one of you, my dear readers, with the condition that after you read it, you do the same.

If you’re interested, leave a comment telling me about a quest you’ve undertaken or long to undertake. Next Wednesday I’ll randomly pick a name and mail the book to you next Friday.

ETA: Kym is the book winner! Thanks to all who left comments–your quests are terrific!

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